Great Plains Processing (GPP), a custom spray drying and animal feed manufacturer based in Luverne, Minnesota, announced today that it is expanding its operations to Yankton, South Dakota. The Board of Economic Development approved GPP for a $1.15 million REDI (Revolving Economic Development and Initiative) Fund loan in October. The approved monies helped GPP purchase a “spec building” and almost 20 acres of land.
“Great Plains Processing made the right decision to expand to South Dakota. With a presence in more than 40 countries, a commitment to a quality product and service, and its Midwest values and work ethic, it’s no wonder GPP fits so well into our business environment,” said Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
According to GPP, for almost 20 years, it has manufactured custom spray-dried products. It is a FAMI-QS and GMP+ (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facility in Luverne. FAMI-QS certification is recognized by the European Commission to address safety, quality and regulatory compliance of specialty feed ingredients. GPP products can be found in feeds for many species, including bovine, equine, swine and domesticated pets. Its new 40,000 square-foot facility in Yankton will increase production and create 20 full-time jobs immediately upon opening, with the potential of doubling employment in three to five years.
“We’re pleased with the way everything came together,” said Quintin Honerman, president, GPP. “Working with everyone from the local to the state level has made this expansion as seamless as possible. There are a lot of people who helped make this expansion a reality. We’re proud to manufacture a product with the highest quality standards around and excited to bring our process and company to South Dakota.”
“Yankton Area Progressive Growth (YAPG), its investors and the City of Yankton are excited Great Plains Processing chose to locate its new manufacturing plant in Yankton,” said Brian Steward, interim executive director, YAPG. “Quintin and the rest of the GPP team have been great to work with and we are thrilled to welcome them to Yankton. GPP is a proven leader in their respective communities and we look forward to their contributions in making Yankton an even better place to live.”